10 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

In the world of entrepreneurship, there are some cult movies that every entrepreneur should watch. In this article we are going to list top 10 movies that every entrepreneur should watch in life.

1. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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The Pursuit of Happyness is 2006 made, biographical drama movie directed by Gabriele Muccino. The movie based on the true story of the man named Christopher Gardner. Movie covers Gardner’s life of struggling to close some sales for the product, the “bone density scanner” which he has invested his all money. Later on his wife leaves him because of his bad financial situation. The things keeps going worse and Gardner loses his apartment. He begins to live at streets with his son. He tries not to reflect this bad situation to his son. He continues to sell bone density scanners while trying hard to take unpaid internship at stock brokerage firm. He needs to outshine his competitors and get the job. This movie shows that it doesn’t matter how hard you get hit to the ground, there is always a chance to a brand new life, if you willing to do whatever it takes.

2. Boiler Room (2000)

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Boiler Room is 2000 made, American drama movie directed by Ben Younger. Movie covers life of the intelligent college dropout young entrepreneur, Seth Davis. At the start, Seth was running an illegal casino in his apartment for showing his father that he can succeed something in his life. His dad, a judge finds out his illegal business and gets very angry about it. So Seth begins to work at small brokerage company, as a cold caller person at the company’s boiler room. When Seth starts to close deals insanely good, company realizes that Seth has a genuine talent about cold calling. But higher up the ladder, Seth begins to dirty dealings and breaking laws in order to keep closing deals and make the paychecks coming. The Boiler Room also features Ben Affleck, Nicky Katt, Jamie Kennedy and much more well-known actors. This movie shows why every entrepreneur should not commit dirty and illegal deals in order to keep their business and income alive, because this story ends badly.

3. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

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Pirates of Silicon Valley is original 1999 American made biographical movie directed by the Martyn Burke. The film is about the competition between Steve jobs and Bill gates in their youth days. It shows how Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs became business partners from best friends. Steve Wozniak was brilliant and very creative, but he was very shy to promote his work and try to get some attention from investors. That’s when the Steve Jobs take a part in the game. Steve Jobs was very wise about understanding the people, focusing on the emotions and selling something to them. At the same time Steve Ballmer‘s marketing skills were supporting Bill Gates’s creative innovations. That made them perfect business partners. This movie shows how these early friendships can evolve into top level business partners. Every young entrepreneur should watch and get inspired by this movie.

4. The Social Network (2010)

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The Social Network is 2010 made, American Oscar-winning biographical movie directed by David Fincher. Movie covers background story of the social networking website (Facebook) invented by young Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg. This movie also helped Facebook to increase their users and revenue. When movie published at 2010, Facebook had 500 million users and $25 billion value. After the movie ranking up in trends and also winning the Oscar award, Facebook’s users increased up to 1.90 billion and the value of $400 billion. So we can say creating Oscar-winning movie is one of the genius ways of marketing. This movie shows how a young entrepreneur, with an idea can change the world completely.

5. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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The Wolf of Wall Street is 2013 made, American biographical drama movie directed by Martin Scorsese. This movie is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort. Story begins with that Belfort takes a job at Wall Street stock brokerage firm. He starts as a penny stocks broker. Later on at his mid 20’s, he starts is own stock brokerage firm “Stratton Oakmont“. Together with his best friend Jonah Hill and some brokers, Belfort begins to manage huge business by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. While Belfort and his team makes huge profits by closing that fraud deals, and organizing crazy parties with sex and drugs, FBI and the SEC starts an investigation against them. Every entrepreneur should watch this movie and learn why they must avoid to commit fraud and break laws, in order to get rich quick.

6. Limitless (2011)

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The Limitless is 2011 made science fiction, thriller movie directed by Neil Burger. This movie covers life of the writer Eddie Morra. At the begin of the story, Eddie faces lack of creativity and also unemployment problem. After his girlfriend’s rejection, he begins to think that he has no future anymore. But whole story changes when he met with his old friend. This friend gives him a magical drug, which produces enhanced mental acuity. Eddie begins to take this untested chemical everyday. He rises to the top of the financial world and gets business offer by a tycoon which will enable him to make his fortune. But terrible side effects of this untested chemical begins to blow up Eddie’s entire life. This movie shows how strong and creative the human brain is, and how bad it can get effected by chemicals. Every entrepreneur should watch this movie and realize their capabilities as a human being.

7. The Godfather (1972)

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The Godfather is 1972 made crime and drama movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola. This film is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies of all times. This film covers on the powerful Sicilian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone. Story goes on when Don’s youngest son, Micheal joins the mafia and begins to push this organization to top level crime family from a little family business. Because of their illegal business, we don’t recommend to focus on business side of this film. But this film shows that what it takes to get to the top of any business and how hard it is to stay there as a champion. Every entrepreneur should watch this movie and question themselves if they are ready to pay whatever it takes to be at the top.

8. Flash of Genius (2008)

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The Flash of Genius is 2008 made biographical drama movie directed by Marc Abraham. This movie is based on the true story of the college professor, and also entrepreneur Robert Kearns. Robert invents a “windshield wiper” which is used by all of the auto giants at 1960’s and became a standard device on all cars. But the turning point is, automakers don’t give Robert a credit by his invention. You’ll watch Robert’s lonely and dramatic fight against the powerful corporations at U.S automobile industry. This movie shows why it is so important to protect your ideas being stolen. Every entrepreneur should watch and take their lessons from this movie.

9. The Big Short (2015)

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The Big Short is 2015 made biographical comedi-drama movie directed by Adam McKay. This movie is based on the 2010 made book, “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” by Michael Lewis. The main character Michael Burry is a Wall Street Guru, and he starts to believe that the U.S housing market is staying on a bubble. He realizes that a number of the subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Michael instantly throws $1 billion of his investor’s money into credit default swaps, he basically bets against the housing market. This investment attracts the attention of banker Jared Vennett, hedge fund specialist Mark Baum and other entrepreneurs. This team together, makes a huge fortune by taking full advantage of mortgage crisis in United States of America. This movie shows working hard and becoming the top level at one specific topic, makes you easily realize the opportunities. Also shows the value of taking the action when realizing an opportunity. Every entrepreneur should watch and be ready for new opportunities.

10. Office Space (1999)

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The Office Space is 1999 made comedy film directed by Mike Judge. This movie covers life of Peter Gibbons. Peter hate his job at Initech, a software company. His best friends are also hate their job at Initech, whose are two software engineers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar. At one of the regular day in the office, during the ongoing therapy, the therapist dies in the middle of their session. Peter refuses to work over time at the job he hated, starts to play games at his desk. When Peter’s friends learn they are about to be downsized, they hatch a revenge plot against the company. This movie shows why you should find your passion and do what you love. If you do what you hate to do for just money, you’ll be very unhappy in your life, just as Peter. Every entrepreneur should watch this movie and question their passion.

These were our top 10 movies that every entrepreneur should watch. There are a lot of movie to watch and get inspire. You can take lessons from almost everything, if you improve your vision. Hope you enjoyed our article, comment down your favorite movies and see you in the next one!

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